BOOK REVIEWED BY KAILANI, 11, QLD
The Spectacular Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick, Fremantle Press, ISBN 9781925164671
Kailani received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
Spencer Gray is just an ordinary kid, he lives in a family of four, goes to school at his local high school, hangs out with his mates and plays football at break time. But one day, while retrieving a football from the bush behind the oval he sees a man run off, almost like he had been disturbed and then the sound of a motorbike. Spencer is suspicious so he decides to figure out what is going on.
From that day on, Spencer’s life changes — secret rescue missions, midnight bike rides and dangerous situations. All to save one of Australia’s most endangered marsupials.
I don’t normally read books with strong male characters, but this book was different. It combined the element of adventure with the Australian bush and caring for animals and nature. I also really liked the vivid description that the author used in the book, it really painted a picture in my mind of every scene, helped to build the tension and made me want to read on.
I recommend this book for boys and girls aged 10–14, especially if you enjoy mystery, adventure and looking after Australian wildlife.
[You can read a sample chapter from the book via the publisher.]
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Read a review of the first book in the series — The Amazing Spencer Gray — in a post from 2013.